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June 23, 2017
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34 killed in Parachinar blasts

34 killed in Parachinar blasts

PESHAWAR: Multiple blasts killed at least 34 people and wounded dozens in Parachinar on the last Friday of Ramzan, officials said.

 They said 13 people were killed and 124 wounded when twin blasts tore through a market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram district But the death toll rose to 34 late on Friday night.

Local official Nasrullah Khan told AFP that the first blast detonated as the market was crowded with shoppers preparing for the Eid ul-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramzan.

"When people rushed to the site... to rescue the wounded, a second blast took place," he said, adding that he could not give further details of the attack but that officials fear the toll will increase.

Sabir Hussain, the medical superintendent at Parachinar´s main hospital, said it had received 13 bodies and 124 wounded.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for security to be beefed up across the country as he condemned the attack, saying that no Muslim could ever imagine committing such a "horrific" act.

Pakistan has seen a dramatic improvement in security in the last two years, but groups such as the umbrella Pakistani Taliban and other extremist outfits still retain the ability to carry out attacks.

Local lawmaker Sajid Hussain Turi, the owner of the market, said bazaars in Parachinar had been barricaded off and vehicles banned from the area after multiple attacks have hit the city this year.

Parachinar was the location of the first major militant attack in Pakistan in 2017, a bomb in a market which killed 24 people in January and was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

In March a second Taliban attack killed a further 22 people. 

 

 

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